The program provides PhD researchers in Europe and North America with opportunities to conduct collaborative research under the guidance of their hosts in universities and other Japanese institutions for a relatively short period of time (1-12 months). A person who has never engaged in research in Japan would be most preferable. The award provides ¥200,000 per month for doctoral recipients and ¥362,000 per month for postdoctoral recipients, plus round-trip airfare and additional benefits.

Applicants do not directly submit applications to JSPS.  Applications under this program must be submitted to JSPS by a host researcher in Japan via the head of his/her university or institution. The deadlines on the website are for submission to JSPS by the head of the host institution. The applicant should consult with their proposed host about the institution’s internal deadline.

For AY24, the external (institutional) deadlines are:


Recruitment Application periods
(from host institution to JSPS)
Period for publishing selection results Periods for arrival in Japan Number of fellowships awarded
September 29, 2023 (by 5 p.m. (JST)) Early January 2024 April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025 20
2nd January 12, 2024 (by 5 p.m. (JST)) Middle of May 2024 August 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025 20
3rd June 7, 2024 (by 5 p.m. (JST)) Late September 2024 January 1, 2025 – March 31, 2025 20

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